Roland MC-303 Groovebox

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The original groovebox for dance/techno! It's got 303, 808, 909, Jupiter, and Juno sounds. It is a sequencer arranger with looks inspired by the original 303's and 808's... Not to mention it includes real-time Filter Cutoff, resonance, panning and arpeggiator. With this box alone you can become a techno music maker!!! It sounds pretty good and has an unbeatable price (around $500)!!!! Though it's been swept aside by the MC-505, JX-305, EG-101 and Yamaha RM1x, it's still a good entry-level machine for those of you on a budget or just starting out. It has been used by ATB.

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juergen
January 26, 2010 @ 3:16 pm
when in multimode (turning on while playmode button is pressed ) it can be a nice expander in your midi setup when you know how to use the sysex parameters in your software sequencer (cubase, logic etc) .
i`ve made a mixer map with cubase on atari st and was able to edit every parameter for each channel, even single keys on drumkits. you,´ll probably have to study the owner`s manual and some math but it`s worth if you have one of these !o)
tweekaholic
January 8, 2010 @ 5:09 pm
In my experience with the mc-303, it has trouble keeping in sync with the rest of the midi instruments if it is not the master clock. I played in the clubs live for about five years on this sequencer. I paired it with some electribes, AN-200, and samplers. This was before mc-909. In all, I was able to do many remixes with it. It was a breeze to program with a midi GUI also. I used FL studio to dump midi into it to keep the time accurate. It is very hands on, and much easier to play live than the mc-505 or the mc-909. I really enjoy the old school sounds and playing this old piece of hardware. Overall it is a great piece to own if you want to play around with some outdated cheap sounds. Otherwise, I would not recomend it unless you are using it as a master sequencer, in which case you would be very limited.
KENNYHOMUSIC
November 12, 2009 @ 11:10 pm
my yahoo blog, play 3 clips for mc 303,
http://hk.myblog.yahoo.com/khm_music
thanks
ben
October 14, 2009 @ 2:28 pm
can you create the same sound with the mc 303 as you can with the TB 303? for example...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JCmhhjUHgt8

thanks
kennyhomusic
October 1, 2009 @ 12:41 am
my youtube link : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0D5mUvH5Ec

Play a simple pattern use by MC 303
 
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  • Specifications
  • Polyphony - 28 voices
  • # of Tones - 448
  • # of Drum Sets - 12 (inc. 808, 909)
  • # of Instruments - 16 part multitimbral
  • Effects - Reverb, delay, chorus and flange
  • Arpeg/Seq - Sequencer : 8 tracks, 10 songs, 120 preset & 50 user patterns.
    Arpeg: 200 RPS phrases
  • Keyboard - 12 buttons
  • Control - MIDI
  • Date Produced - 1996

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